The New Asian Workforce: Who Will Take Charge?
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The HR function as we know it is being radically disrupted due to technological change, new business models and the advent of novel subordinate functions like “business associates” replacing ‘employees’. Ride-hailing companies, and online food delivery companies often exemplify such developments.
The rise of self-employed workforces leaves a major part of the human value chain outside the traditional reach of employment legislation and the regulatory regime for corporations. Lifecycle changes and increased longevity add to the complexity of the challenge. As corporations seek to eliminate costs and liabilities; policymakers and civil society have to respond. The higher education sector too would have to consider what this challenge means to universities and lifelong learning.
China, India, and ASEAN constitute 3 rising Asian models of Human Development. As the centre of gravity of management shifts towards Asia, each of these 3 models needs to take responsibility for their human development principles and management practices, including purpose, treatment of people, management of relationships and ways of managing change.
Bob Aubrey and Sriven Naidu have argued in their recent THink contribution that this will require nothing less than the complete reinvention of HR. Syed Ali Abbas will join them on the panel to discuss “where we might be heading?” and “who will take charge?”
Chairman of the HR Committee of the European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore
Dr Bob Aubrey has led an esteemed career as entrepreneur, writer, teacher, business consultant and representative of international institutions, with working experience in 25 countries on 6 continents.
Mr Syed Ali Abbas
Group HR Director, Global Fashion Group
Syed Ali Abbas is the Group HR Director for Global Fashion Group (GFG). In this role, he provides corporate HR leadership for the group globally and serves as a strategic advisor to the 5 member companies: Dafiti in South America, Lamoda in Eastern Europe, Namshi in Middle East, The Iconic in Australia / New Zealand and Zalora in Asia. Together, the group is the leading growth markets fashion e-commerce company in the world with more than EUR 1 billion in 2017 revenue and nearly 10,000 people serving customers across 24 markets.
Mr Sriven Naidu
Director, Programme Development and Partnership, Singapore Management University
Sriven is Director, Programme Development and Partnerships (Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration) at SMU. The programme emphasises 3 key competencies for achieving impact - scenario-planning and other futures methodologies, thriving in non-linear complex adaptive systems, and effective implementation through collaborative leadership. Sriven’s role includes developing an ecosystem for research, education and thought-leadership that enhances the sustainability of organisations and industry sectors – while addressing select societal priorities captured in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Currently, Sriven is also researching Science & Technology Policy at University College London – where his PhD focuses on adaptive policy-making to enhance outcomes from interactions between academia, industry, and government.
This event is presented by The HEAD Foundation, a Singapore-based think tank devoted to research and policy influence in education and leadership, for development in Asia.
Admission is free.
Disclaimer: The views expressed by the speaker in this talk are their own and do not represent the opinions of The HEAD Foundation.